Hibiscus, also known as rose mallow, is a plant that belongs to the mallow family. Hibiscus grows on well-drained soils in the sunny areas. Hibiscus is usually cultivated for ornamental purposes, but it can be also used in human diet, as a cure for various disorders and as a source of natural dyes. A tea made from hibiscus flowers is known by many names around the world and is served both hot and cold. # There are over 200 species of hibiscus. # Hibiscus is known as "shoe flower" in China because people use it to polish their shoes.